Eco-Tek Pro is a full-service mold remediation company that offers various types of mold testing. If you live in West Palm Beach, or anywhere in South Florida, and you suspect that there is mold in your home or place of business, you can call Eco-Tek Pro and one of our specialists can come out and test your location. One of the things we would be looking for when we come in is to see if there is any odor. Many times when there is mold, there is a very distinct odor associated with an overgrowth of mold. Whether there is an odor or not, we would then perform a number of other tests.
Our Mold Remediation Specialists would perform a moisture test which would tell us the moisture level in percentage in each room. Anything over 60 % would be considered to be high and a dangerous amount of moisture. Anything above 60% would be considered the perfect environment for mold to grow since mold grows best and fastest in high moisture situations. This is why mold is commonly found in areas such as the bathroom since this is a room that is constantly humid due to the showers. The moisture test is done with a small hand-held device called a moisture meter that the specialist takes with him to each room one at a time and documents the readings.
Another test that can be performed is called the air-o-cell. This test is meant to mimic what a person would be breathing in and involves sucking in 15 Liters of air for a period of 10 minutes through an air pump. That sample then would get sent off to the lab and await results. The lab results usually take about 5-7 business days to come back and would have information such as what as what types of mold there are the spore amounts and the types of symptoms that you would be experiencing depending on those amounts.
A swab test can be performed which involves taking a large specialized swab that looks like a big q-tip which gets passed on the surface of contaminated areas such as air vents or air handling units which then gets sent off to the lab and produces the same types of results as the air-o-cell test and comes back in around the same amount of time.
Another test commonly performed to check for mold would be the section test. This test involves taking sections of the contaminated area, cutting them out and sending them off to the lab. This would be for sending sections off parts of your wall or your carpet for example. Section testing involves special tools to ensure that the cuts in the walls or cabinetry
Biotape testing is a test that can also be performed. This is a test that involves taking a type of sterile tape and pressing it against a surface. This is used for surfaces like against carpet or furniture, which is then sent off to the lab. All of these tests get sent off to a specialized laboratory that can then give the home or business owner insight into what is going on and the severity of the mold or water damage. The results show mold spore count, the type of mold found, the type of symptoms that one might experience according to the mold that is found.